Artificial beach is bay of plenty for Canning Town community

Life was a beach down at Canning Town despite some distinctly untropical weather.

Around 250 residents enjoyed a specially created sandy beach and swimming pool as part of the Big Lunch celebrations at Arc in the Park.

Mike Crim, centre manager, said: “It was a bit chilly but it didn’t spoil an amazing day.”

Three tonnes of sand was supplied by building merchants Keyline of Canning Town.

Residents brought along their own food to share in true community spirit with catering provided by Key Catering of Beckton.

Abigail’s Cafe of Barking Road donated a case of drinks.

Plaistow Fire Brigade was on hand to supply a swimming pool for the children.

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More fun and games included a bouncy castle and a magician.

The Arc’s ‘funky chicken’ proved a more than useful table tennis player!

Over a million people across the country joined The Big Lunch, a national celebration of neighbourliness founded by the Eden Project.